What is different about South American countries?

Hey guys!

I am back in English. The last two posts were in German and I kind of enjoyed writing in my mother tongue. You can let me know below, what you prefer?! But here we go with what I have to say for today:

You know that feeling when somebody is generalizing places like Europe and you are just thinking to yourself “Well, Europe is much more than just one thing!” But to be honest I often do the same thing with Africa or Asia, but even Eastern Europe. It’s because I haven’t really been to any of these regions, and I think that’s a normal behavior if you are not familiar with the distinct countries. You might have heard some clichés or preconceptions and that’s what you go with. The same applied for me when I was thinking about South America. There are a couple of countries, but they are pretty much the same, right?

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Die Hoffnung noch nicht aufgegeben

Im letzten Post habe ich erwähnt, dass wir uns ein bisschen außerhalb der „Touri-Gegend“ aufgehalten haben und eine grandiose Landschaft erleben durften, und dass es einem manchmal die Lebenseinstellung völlig auf den Kopf stellt, wenn man sich aus seinem Alltag raustraut. Hier ein weiteres Beispiel, das sogar mit diesem Tag zusammenhängt.

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Ab vom Schuss

Unverhofft kommt oft – so heißt ein Sprichwort, das wohl auf diesen Tag komplett zutrifft: Da mein Freund und ich eher Natur- als Stadtmenschen sind, wollten wir aus Potosi raus, um uns die Landschaft anzuschauen. Empfohlen vom „Tourismusbüro“ fuhren wir in ein Tal, wo es angeblich nach einer kurzen Wanderung eine Lagune names Ojo del Inka („Auge des Inka“) mit heißen Quellen geben sollte. Man könnte auch ein bisschen durch die Dörfer spazieren. Nach einer halben Stunde colectivo-Fahrt kamen wir in einem kleinen Dorf an, keiner hatte eine Ahnung wo wir hinwollten aber das Dorf war übersäht mit einem halben Dutzend Thermalbädern. Nicht wirklich das, was wir suchten. Read More »

Culture shock in South America

I always thought culture shock was something absurd. I knew I wouldn’t always agree with everything I encounter in a new and different country and that there will be things to frustrate me. It had never gone that far so I would call it a culture shock but this time it hit me – a little harder. It may be that all the other times before, I haven’t gone out too far of my comfort zone and stayed or moved to places with similar backgrounds, cultures, values and customs. There wasn’t that much of a change from home. Or it can be that I expected a lot of my travels through South America, I hoped them to be perfectly relaxing and easy and to be fun and games, always. Which was not so much the case.Read More »

Potosí and its hidden treasures

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As I am a lot behind our actual travels I will try to catch up with some pictures and stories about Bolivia. This one will be about a place that I personally liked a lot because of its “everyone-knows-everyone” feeling and colonial buildings. I am really a charming small-town lover so that was the perfect place for me. Potosí is weirdly build into a basin and  the main part of town is on the upper part – a whole lot of walking up and down if you ask me. We spent some good amount of time there just to wander around the cute little streets I loved to photograph, to check out cafes and to enjoy some great conversations with each other.Read More »

Habits to break

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Like you can read in the title this tiny post will be about a few habits I formed during my travels in South America – and that I will need to break as soon as I land on European soil again. Not that I am thinking about coming home yet, in fact we are just at our half point of our travels and I feel this time passed way too fast, even though we saw and learned so many things already. Whatever – I will get right to it now! :-)Read More »

Pit stop in San Pedro de Atacama

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A few weeks ago we were able to spend a few days in Chile – only two to be honest! It was the best deal: We made the Uyuni desert tour that practically ended in the far South of Bolivia, right at the border to Chile. Instead of driving all the way back up to Uyuni for 8 hours we chose to take a bus down to San Pedro de Atacama, the main city in the center of the famous Atacama desert in Chile. Read More »

Colored lagoons and stone trees

The salt flat of Uyuni should not be the last place for us to explore in the Southwest of Bolivia. We went on a two-day tour through the desert and mountain range that forms the border between Bolivia and Chile. The landscapes we passed were breathtaking and fast-changing as we drove further into the “nothing”. It began with volcano stone formations for as far as you could tell, llama herds and sandy terrain and ended with massive snow-tipped volcanoes behind colorful lagoons that were home to three distinct types of flamingos. We let ourselves amaze by a field of geysers at almost 5,000 m during sunrise and jumped in pleasant hot springs to unfreeze afterwards. Excellent scenery for stunning pictures – see for yourself!

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Happy birthday to myself

Just throwing in a little life-update from my side here:

As I recently celebrated my 21st birthday (finally considered a complete adult – even in the US!) I decided to spoil myself a little bit. As some of you might know, the last few months I have been maintaining this blog solely from my iPhone, one with only 8GB storage! :D You can probably tell how frustrating this whole task can become considering I had to play the pictures from the camera to my phone and “edit” them and type everything with my two thumbs. Not complaining – I still loved to prepare every single post. It just took me close to forever.

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